Conference & Events Planning

Portland Attractions

With its friendly people, cultural amenities, myriad green spaces, and sunny summer climate, Portland presents visitors with plenty of opportunities for exploration and entertainment. Museums, hiking trails, theaters, restaurants, parks, coffee shops, music clubs, bookstores, interesting walks, and one-of-a-kind businesses are just some of what Portland has to offer. Reed College is located in the Eastmoreland and Woodstock neighborhoods. Restaurants, eclectic shops, grocery stores, coffee shops and more are within walking or biking distance. Other Portland highlights:

  • World-class exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, American Advertising Museum, Oregon History Center, Oregon Trail Museum and World Forestry Center

  • Festivals on the Willamette River waterfront nearly every summer weekend

  • Gardens abound with the world-famous International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden in 130-acre Washington Park, and the Chinese Classical Garden in Old Town/Chinatown

  • Family attractions include the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Oregon Zoo, CM2 Children's Museum, and Oaks Amusement Park

  • Distinctive shopping districts-and no sales tax- in downtown, the Pearl District, Northwest Portland, Sellwood, Northeast Broadway, Alberta Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and elsewhere

  • Hoyt Arboretum features 50 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails that criss-cross 5,000-acre Forest Park, the largest wilderness park inside any U.S. city

  • Recognized as America's craft-brewing mecca, with more than 40 microbreweries

  • Local handcrafted gifts, art, and food at downtown's Saturday Market (open Sundays, too)

  • Multiple farmer's markets featuring locally grown produce, fresh-baked breads, seafood and seasonal flowers

  • Summer-season professional sports include soccer and baseball

  • Consistently ranked among top U.S. cities for walking and biking

  • Convenient and extensive public-transit system featuring buses, light rail, and streetcars

Nearby Oregon Attractions

Within an hour's drive from Reed you'll find the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon's wine country, all of which feature a wide range of recreational and sightseeing opportunities.

  • The Oregon Coast: Seventy miles to the west lies the Pacific Ocean, where historic lighthouses, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal towns line 400 miles of public coastline.

  • The Columbia Gorge: An awe-inspiring National Scenic Area features 77 waterfalls, majestic mountain views, and watersports such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, fishing and river rafting.

  • Mount Hood: Less than 60 miles from Portland stands Oregon's tallest peak, luring visitors with year-round skiing, snowboarding, hiking and historic Timberline Lodge in a national forest.

  • The Willamette Valley: Stretching south from Portland is Oregon's wine country, where most of the state's 180 wineries reside and offer tastings and tours.

View Portland Oregon Visitor's Association website.